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(currently in North/North West London, West London, Hertfordshire, Scotland)
Our list of therapists offering psychotherapy and counselling to people in stepfamily situations is being developed to become countrywide. At present however most are based in London. All listed therapists and counsellors work privately and will charge for their services. Fees vary according to the specific therapists fee structure.

StepIN ASAP is not responsible for the work of therapists and counsellors on their list. Therapists make their own arrangements with relevant professional bodies and will be able to give you further information about their work, qualifications and accreditation.

North / North West London

Dr. Claire Asherson Bartram BA (prof orgs UKCP, EAGT, AHPP) is a Gestalt based integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and group leader practising in Highgate. She became interested in stepfamilies in 1995 through what was happening in her own family. Since then she has run groups and workshops for people in stepfamily situations and the professionals who work with them; she also works with couples and individuals. Additionally she has written on this subject and in 2009 completed her doctorate 'Narratives of Mothers in Stepfamily Situations' . 020 8361 6146 email: Claire Bartram website: Gestaltworks

Sue Fox (prof orgs UKCP, CAP) is a psychotherapist in private practise based in Northwest London and a trainer, supervisor and group worker at the Institute of Psychosynthesis and Highgate Counselling Centre. She has many years experience of working with families and individuals who have been effected by addiction. Her interest in step families has arisen from both her personal and professional life. 0207 424 9007 email Sue Fox website: www.Sue-Fox.com

Debbie Friedman MA (prof org UKCP) is a psychotherapist working in NorthWest London. She is a trainer and supervisor at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. She has a background in the creative arts, many years experience of psychotherapy and has had a long standing interest in stepfamily dynamics. 020 8458 5760 email: Debbie Friedman

Sally-Ann Lipson has been a counsellor and therapist working in private practice in North London. She has been part of a stepfamily for almost thirty years and has a particular interest in supporting parents and children through difficult transitions. 07977 273 721 email: Sally-Ann Lipson

Graham Shavick MA (prof org UKCP) is a counsellor, psychotherapist and coach practising in North Finchley and Central London. He previously worked for a MIND organisation, as a bereavement counsellor at a hospice and at the Arbours Crisis Centre. He has personal experience of stepfamily life and wrote a dissertation on men's experiences of their relationships with their children and stepchildren and the meanings they attach within these relationships. 07734 297637 email: Graham Shavick website www.gramshavickcounselling.co.uk

Keren Smedley is an accredited member of the British Association of Coaching and Psychotherapy, and Member of the Association for Coaching. She has been practicing for over 25 years. She has a particular interest in working with the 50-plus and has found the issues of step-parenting and step-grandparenting increasingly being raised in both counselling and coaching sessions. She has a personal as well as professional interest in step families. 0208 347 6260 email: Keren Smedley website: www.experiencematters.org.uk

Angelika Wienrich BA has a background in Psychology and Research. She is a Gestalt based integrative Psychotherapist and has been practising, and teaching for over 20 years in the field of counselling and personal development. She worked in the NHS and was a tutor at the Gestalt Centre in London for 15 Years. She is also involved with teaching creative writing and Playback Theatre. Her interest in stepfamily issues are both personal and professional. 07941156205 email: Angelika Wienrich

David Woolfson MBA MBACP is one of the UK's very few Anger specialists. He came to this work through his own struggle with loss, anger and pain. David trained initially with the British Association of Anger Management and then at Spectrum Psychotherapy. He works with adults, children, couples and families. David has personal and professional experience of step parenting and the challenges it creates, for parents and particularly for children who may not be ready to form their response in any way other than through angry behaviour. 0208 444 9841 email: David Woolfson,website: www.angerplanet.co.uk

West London

Joan Wilmot (also Scotland) is a therapist working with individuals and couples in both London and Scotland. She is a co-founder and active member of Findhorn Playback Theatre and co-author of "the Boxing Clever Cookbook". She has a personal connection with stepfamilies in both her family of origin and her own family. 0207 727 0702; 07974 115 028 email: Joan Wilmot


Chris Kell BA,CQSW, Dip.Clling. is a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her interest in step-families arises from her own experience as co-parent with the father and step-mother of her daughter, over a period of 30 years. Since qualifying as a counsellor in 1986, she has trained as a family mediator, couple therapist, adoption counsellor and sexual minorities therapist. She has a private practice in Buntingford, Herts, on the A.10 between London and Cambridge. 01763-273321 website: www.ckcounselling.co.uk

Gillian Marchant P. G. Dip Couns MBACP is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and practices under their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Her desire to work with step families comes from being a step-mother herself and recognising the very unique situation members of step families face. Gillian works one to one with step parents as well as step children and practices in Letchworth. 07772 754 063 email: Gillian Marchant

Dorset and West Hampshire

Dr. Neil Harris RCPsych prof org (UKCP) is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has many years of experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as psychiatrist and therapist. He also works in private practice in the New Forest, and as consultant to Family Futures in Islington, London where he sees adopted and fostered children and their families. He has worked over many years as a member of a family therapy team. He is Clinical Director for Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust. 07787 038 814 website: www.drneilharris.org


Joan Wilmot - see entry under West London.

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